The World of Macbeth (The Comedy, natch!)

In the beginning, there was Macbeth. A little on the butch side, but not adverse to a nice bubble bath or donning the latest in Glasgow fashion. She meets a young Buchanan lass. They fall in love and marry (apparently lesbian marriage in the 11th century was not unheard of). As one would expect, Lady Macbeth does not remain the retiring flower she was during courtship. She smells power and wants it. Macbeth thinks she wouldn't look half bad in a crown herself.

 

Of course, there's got to be a king, and Duncan's our man. OK, so there are bits of lemon peel floating down the Thames that would make better kings. But king he is, appointed by God. Fortunately, his sons are there to pick up the slack - the lascivious glutton, Malcolm and his somewhat drunker but wiser younger brother, Donalbain.
Then there's Macbeth's best friend Banquo (center) who gave up a lucrative career as a Jamaican landowner to slay Norwegians with his pal. Don't let his nice guy demeanor fool you. Stab him 21 times in the head and he'll haunt you for life (especially when you have guests). Faithful retainers include Ross (left) who just loves a good coronation - "The pomp, the pageantry . . . the souvenir mugs." And Angus (right), who oddly enough is the only one in the entire court who speaks with a Scottish accent.


 

 

Other wacky denizens of this court include haughty Lennox (top left), slimy Kilmarnock (try to find him in your Shakespeare), and the suddenly mute Bloody Captain. And of course, there's Macduff (right) who shows up because someone has to kill Macbeth after all.

 

Macbeth hires two murderers (left) to kill Banquo and his son Fleance (right). After the Domesticated Duo flub that job, she hires them again to bump off Macduff's lovely (ahem) wife and brats - er - sons (far right).

 

As if Macbeth didn't have enough on her plate with all that plotting, she has to deal with discord at home from her smart-mouthed servant with a knack for poetry (left), Lady Macbeth's incompetent doctor (right), and her perenially drunk porter (far right).

 

And finally, you can't have Macbeth without the Weird Sisters (sometimes called witches by the uninitiated). Well you can't get any weirder than these three - affectionately known as Southern, Scary, and Sassy.


Extra for experts:

Which witch has the Toni?

And there you have it !!!

 

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